If you want to spend some quality time with a child in your life this month, there are several Valentine's Day-themed options available around the area.
There will be a Father-Daughter Dance from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 17 at Chisholm Middle School, 900 E. First St. in Newton. Grandfathers, uncles and other father figures are encouraged to attend as well.
This is the first year for the Father-Daughter Dance, which will feature dinner, dessert, dancing and a disc jockey.
"We hope we can make this an annual event," said organizer Stacey Musser.
The boys who attend Chisholm Middle School are being encouraged to help with the event.
Tickets for the Father-Daughter Dance are $25 per couple. Each additional child's ticket is $5. Scholarships are available. Proceeds from the event will benefit Newton schools. For more information, call 316-836-3612.
Sedgwick residents can attend the Mother-Son Superhero Event held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at The Lighthouse (Fifth and Franklin in Sedgwick).
Organizer Shane Vondracek said having family-themed events is important.
"I was looking for something to do for the boys to be invited," Vondracek said.
Boys are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero costume and participate in "adventure and games" at the Mother-Son Superhero Event. Pizza, chips, drinks and ice cream sundaes will be served.
Tickets for the Mother-Son Superhero Event are $10 for mothers and $5 for boys. Proceeds benefit Cardinal Pride in Action. For more information, call R.L. Wright Elementary School at 316-772-5604.
A Parent and Child Painting Date will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Newton Rec Center, 415 N. Poplar.
Parents, aunts, uncles or grandparents can pair up with a child to paint a picture of an owl with hearts.
There is a $50 fee per couple for the Parent and Child Painting Date. All supplies and instruction will be provided, and participants can bring their own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the event.
For more information about the Parent and Child Painting Date, visit http://www.newtonrec.org or call 316-283-7330.